Last updated April 21, 2019

The oil and gas industry, like many heavily industrialized industries, uses a great deal of water.

However, when it uses that water, it rarely comes out clean on the other side.

Pollution and waste are big issues when dealing with oil and gas, and one way the industry has dealt with them is by using reclaimed water instead of fresh, untainted water.

Recycled water, defined as treated wastewater that is safe and suitable for a purpose that would use other resources, provides several advantages to the oil and gas industry.

Reclaimed water is significantly less expensive

Those advantages include:

Advantage #1: Lower Cost

Fresh water comes at a premium, especially in areas where drought is going on.

Reclaimed water, on the other hand, is significantly less expensive because it isn't potable.

In 2013, Halliburton saved $70,000 to $100,000 per well in New Mexico without any loss in productivity by using reclaimed water, according to Shale Stuff.

Advantage #2: Resource Preservation

Water is one of the most important resources we have available; we cannot do without it.

So using fresh water for industrial costs when reclaimed water will do the job is wasteful in the extreme.

That's bad for a company's image, as well as for the environment.

Using reclaimed water allows a company to avoid using fresh water, and it shows a dedication to keeping the environment safe.

Advantage #3: Convenience

Companies that use fresh water often have to truck or pump it in from far away. This adds transportation costs, and it can result in scheduling problems if something happens.

Reclaimed water, on the other hand, often has a smaller distance to travel. In fact, if the water can be treated on-site, it can be used repeatedly to accomplish the same task.

These are just a few of the advantages that come with using reclaimed water over fresh water resources in the oil and gas industry.

If you're looking for more information, all you have to do is contact us today!

Follow Us